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Is this prediction coming too early? Yes, so much is bound to change between now and the first regular-season kickoff, but everyone loves a good premature prediction. The fact is so much of this season depends on the play of the quarterback position. How good can Jarrett Stidham be?
Week 1 vs. Dolphins: Win. While I do believe the Dolphins got better this offseason, I think the Patriots find a way to pull this one out. Despite bringing in Byron Jones and Kyle Van Noy, I like this opportunity for Jarrett Stidham in the season opener. Hopefully, the Patriots can get a little revenge after the collapse last year against the Dolphins in week 17.
Week 2 @ Seahawks: Loss. I don’t think the Patriots will have enough offense to hang in this one. Russell Wilson is still Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are great at home. With that being said, stadiums could look a lot different this season, so the crowd in Seattle might not make much of a difference. I really love the Patriots secondary but with great quarterbacks, they usually end up putting up points regardless.
Week 3 vs. Raiders: Win. In the first of four matchups with the AFC West, I have the Patriots winning this one. The Raiders upgraded their weapons surrounding Derrick Carr this offseason which should help him out. The problem is, I’m not a believer in some of the upgrades and as long as the defense can stop the run game from going off, I like the Patriots chances.
Week 4 @ Chiefs: Loss. Visting the Seahawks and the defending Super Bowl Champion Chiefs in the first four weeks of the season is tough. But as I stated before, stadium restrictions might restrict home-field advantage. With that being said, I don’t see the Patriots getting this one. The Chiefs, who are returning 20 of 22 starters from their Super Bowl run, look to be poised for another long playoff run. It will be nice to see how some of the rookie defenders, like Kyle Dugger and Josh Uche, perform against this high powered offense. The Patriots seem to have got younger, faster, and more athletic on defense. This will be a great test.
Record after Week 4: 2-2